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How much insulation do I really need?

I have been looking at cork sheet insulation for my 200 mm x 300 mm aluminium PCB heatbed, by I am not entirely sure how thick it should be. There seems to be a trade off between losing a few ...
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Do aluminium PCB heatbeds reduce hotspots?

TL;DR Do aluminium PCB heatbeds suffer from hotspots as much as standard PCB heatbeds, or is the presence of hot spots smoothed over by the fact that the PCB "substrate" is aluminium, and so its ...
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Steel versus MDF/Aluminium Y axis plate?

I have purchased a P3Steel v.4 kit that, rather unfortunately, comes with a steel Y plate. I understand that there may be interia, as well as stepper motor wear, issues related to the weight of the ...
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What solder specs are safe to use when soldering wires to an Mk2a heat bed?

I've already asked which wires I should use, and I believe I have that covered now, but I was also wondering what solder / specs on the solder are considered safe when attaching my wires to my heat ...
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Wanhao duplicator i3 print bed support warped

As you can see in the picture, my heated bed support is too low on the right side, even touching the Y-axis chassis end plate. This is only the case on the front of the printer. The back is ...
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Do I need a heated bed for printing PLA in an enclosed printer?

I am planning on building a large enclosed (Cartesian XY-Head) 3d printer. I want to keep the inital build time minimal and it is very likely I would need to build the ~50x50cm heatbed from scratch, ...
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Makerbot Replicator 2 restarts after preheating the hbp

I've recently upgraded my Replicator 2 with a heatbed and the more powerful power brick (9.2A). The problem I'm having right now is that the Replicator restarts right after the preheat of the bedplate ...
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Heated bed is not heating anymore

I have built a RepRap Prusa i2 a while back. It worked for a while, but then I moved the printer from place to place and after a while I noticed that the printer's bed is not heating anymore. The ...
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12v 25A 300x300 Heater bed Mosfet

I'm building a 3D printer from scratch (My first one, so yeah, tall order), so I'm buying all the parts separately, now one of the things I bought was a 300x300 12v 25A Silicon heaterbed (Yeah, I know,...
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What is a good strategy for removing 3d prints from an UNheated Glass bed?

I have a LARGE piece of glass (36"x26") that I will soon be printing on using my newly build MPCNC machine. It is capable of printing about 34"x34"x10". Anyway, I have had GREAT success printing on ...
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How do you heat a large glass print bed?

I have printed a MPCNC machine. It has a print area of about 30" x 30" and up to 11" tall. (yes, those numbers are correct). I found a perfect piece of glass at a garage sale for $5.00 to use as my ...
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Print job stops when given serial command

I want to access the bed temperature of the 3D printer. I am able to get the temperatures using serial connection (Thanks to Demetris's help (Access Temperature sensor data of 3D printer via Serial ...
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Heated bed - what are the benefits? Why use one?

When using a heated bed with your printer, I have seen claims of running temperatures of 90c throughout the print. That seems like a fairly high power use to keep a large slab of, say, aluminium at ...
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Using dollar-store picture glass for print bed on top of original heated aluminum bed?

I'm having a really hard time printing on my aluminum heated bed... Cleaning it just results in it being scratched (trying to scrape dried hairspray/glue/etc off) and I don't think it is particularly ...
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How do I wire an AC SSR with RAMPs 1.4?

I was advised that it would be possible to use an AC SSR to wire up a Mains Based heat bed. Any idea how one would do this with a RAMPs 1.4 board; Also, what do I hook a heated bed of this sort into?
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Access Temperature sensor data of 3D printer via Serial connection

I want to access the bed and nozzle temperature sensor data of a 3D printer via serial connection. Could someone please guide me in the right direction? Thanks! Edit: Response from printer: ...
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What does “Uses Mains Voltage” mean on this 200*200mm Square Silicone Heater Pad?

I keep thinking it means that I can plug it directly into my power supply instead of running it though my RAMPs 1.4; is that correct? Here is the link to it, 200*200mm Square Silicone Heater Pad.
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Adjusting Bed Temp values on Monoprice/Wanhao I3 (Repetier Firmware)

I have a Monoprice Maker Select, which is a rebranded Wanhao Duplicator I3 V2 (Prusa clone). I've found that the heated bed temperature values on the LCD are incorrect. The heater works, and the ...
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Printrbot simple metal not auto leveling

I have a printrbot simple metal with the heated bed upgrade. Its been working fine until Cura updated, now, after the x,y, and z axis zeros, the print starts without moving to the other corners and ...
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How often should I replace the glue layers on the bed?

I am printing on a non-heated bed right now, but the question also applies to heated building plates. How often should you replace the glue layers that's supposed to be applied before printing? Some ...
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Heated bed thermistor placement

I just recently upgraded my Printrbot Simple Metal with a heated bed (and longer x-axis). I looked up some tutorials, and all of them placed the thermistor as in the picture on the left below, so I ...
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Would a steel, instead of an aluminium, plate be reasonable?

I have a Flashforge Creator Dual. One corner of my print bed is warped down. I am thinking about having a steel print bed made so it would tend to stay flat. Has anyone tried this?
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Can a short-circuited heat bed be salvaged?

I was working on my printer when something metallic came into contact with the pcb. I smelled smoke and quickly unplugged the printer. Anyway, this is the result and, of course, the heat bed won't ...
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Can a heatbed PCB (Prusa Mk2) be straightened out?

I have a really bent heatbed PCB, the middle is elevated about 3 mm with respect to all edges. I have found this thread Warped PCBs, where a heating method is applied by baking a PCB in the oven, as ...
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Can I use 20 gauge wire for my Mk2a Heatbed?

I purchased the following wire for my MK2a heated bed: McMaster Carr 1 8209K11 840 Degree F Braided Oven Wire 20 Gauge, Tan, 10 ft. Length 1 Will this be acceptable? I'd like to print with ABS, ...
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What kind of silicone glue should I use to attach my thermsistors?

I was watching a couple of videos about installing a Thermistor on the heat-bed and extruder of my Prusa i3; both videos mentioned that if I use either Sodium Silicate (Muffler & Tail Pipe Sealer) ...
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Why does MakerBot Replicator heat the extruder and platform separately?

I am using a MakerBot Replicator 2x, and when it is heating the platform and extruder, it begins by heating the platform, and then after that is at 110C it goes on to heat the left extruder to 230C. ...
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Heatbed control with Pronterface

I'm having trouble getting my MendelMax 2's heatbed not to heat up when I want to print without it. I don't get how multiple sources of control relate to each other (same with extrusion temperatures, ...
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Hictop 3d printer upgrades?

Where can I go to upgrade this printer? It's a hictop prusa i3 3d printer. Where do you buy heated beds suitable for ABS and PLA? Also, what kind of extruder do you guys think I should buy? This is ...
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Ideal print bed: Glass or Aluminium?

Glass is always level, easy to clean, easy to work with. Aluminium allows for the addition of automatic bed leveling with an inductive sensor and distributes heat a little more evenly. When printing ...
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How to properly use Polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam with the heated bed?

From what I understand, it takes a really long time for the heated bed to heat up using an MK2a heated bed. I've heard some people suggest that using Polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam (insulation that ...
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Broken Print Bed

I have a Robo 3D. However A while ago, the print bed was fractured, and now it has a long crack cutting it in half. The bed still works because it is held together, by the screws holding the bed to ...
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Applying Kapton Tape To Bed Plate

There must be a trick to doing a good job of applying Kapton tape on a printer bed plate… We built a Bukobot and even with a great deal of care ended up with bubbles under the tape and occasional ...
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Does the material a bed is made out of affect the cooling time of a part?

Let's say I print a part out of ABS and wait for it to cool. I could theoretically do this with several copies of the same printer, modified to use print beds of different compositions. Will the ...
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How to minimize damage when removing an ABS print from a heated glass print bed?

Usually it will either will rip the tape, or break the print somehow. Currently using ABS on a taped glass bed with a layer of hairspray for adhesion.
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Issue with weird heated bed temperature fluctuations

I have a strange issue with my heated bed. It has been working well for a long time, but recently it has developed an issue where the temperature reported by the thermistor will occasionally jump by ...
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My heated glass print bed keeps chipping and cracking. How can I prevent this?

My thermoplastic FDM printer has a heated bed and uses glass as the printing surface. Sometimes the glass will chip or break entirely when I'm removing my print. This happens most often when the print ...
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Why do the corners of my ABS object lift off the bed?

I print ABS on a LulzBot Taz 5 and frequently have issues with the corners of objects lifting off the bed. My extruder is at 230 °C and the bed is at 90 °C for the first layer and 100 °...

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